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IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic

March 28, 2017
IMF concludes consultation with the Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, USA -- On March 24, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with the Dominican Republic. The Dominican economy maintained the strong growth momentum of the past three years, which is only now beginning to...

'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean

March 21, 2017
'Don't worry, be happy' seems to have bypassed the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- The fifth annual World Happiness Report, written by a group of independent experts under the aegis of the United Nations, was published on Monday, but the concept immortalised in song of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, often erroneously attributed to Bob Marley, seems to have...

Commentary: We can and do help change the world

February 23, 2017
Commentary: We can and do help change the world It is possible to change the world. In fact, it’s being done, little by little, in every corner of the globe. I just returned from Mission Team 2017’s humanitarian adventure in La Higuera in the Dominican Republic. This work trip is an annual campaign led by St Michael Catholic Secondary School in Bolton.

Dominican Republic news presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast

February 16, 2017
Dominican Republic news presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the fatal shooting of a radio news presenter and his producer in mid-broadcast on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic and called on the Dominican authorities to identify those responsible for this...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

US Coast Guard repatriates 16 migrants to the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 16 migrants to the Dominican Republic SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Coast Guard repatriated a group of 16 migrants on Monday to Dominican Republic Navy authorities in waters just off the Dominican Republic. The repatriated migrants were part of a group of 22 (20 Dominicans, and two US citizens from Puerto Rico), who were...

IMF completes 2016 mission to the Dominican Republic

February 15, 2017
IMF completes 2016 mission to the Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Aliona Cebotari visited Santo Domingo during January 31–February 10, 2017, to conduct Article IV consultation discussions. The mission met with government and Central Bank officials...

Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program

February 14, 2017
Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic -- Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for people in developing countries who are born with cleft conditions, teamed up with the Dominican Republic Institute of Latin American Concern...

Dominican Republic US congressman makes political history

February 13, 2017
Dominican Republic US congressman makes political history NEW YORK, USA -- New York senator, Adriano Espaillat’s recent electoral victory made him the first Dominican Republican in history to be elected to the United States Congress. Espaillat, became a member of the US House of Representatives from New York’s 13th District and assumed office...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

Former Dominica diplomat seized in the Dominican Republic

January 27, 2017
Former Dominica diplomat seized in the Dominican Republic MIAMI, USA -- The recent arrest by Interpol and immediate extradition to Iran of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, who holds a Dominica passport, amongst others, is now reported to have taken place in the Dominican Republic in a bold move obviously designed to avoid any action by the US...

Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

January 27, 2017
Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti.

Trade and investment agreement signed between Curacao and the Dominican Republic

January 20, 2017
Trade and investment agreement signed between Curacao and the Dominican Republic WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An agreement was signed last Tuesday in the office of the consul of the Dominican Republic in Curacao; between ADECK; the Association of Small and Medium size business in Curacao and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic.

Go-fast vessel with 2,000 pounds of cocaine intercepted near Dominican Republic

January 12, 2017
Go-fast vessel with 2,000 pounds of cocaine intercepted near Dominican Republic AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft detected a vessel concealing seized 2,000 pounds (907 kilos) of cocaine that was intercepted just off the Dominican Republic by ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts...

Florida man sentenced to 48 months in US prison for Caribbean cellphone fraud scheme

December 27, 2016
Florida man sentenced to 48 months in US prison for Caribbean cellphone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A Florida resident has been sentenced to 48 months in prison by a US court in connection with a sophisticated cell phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cellphone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls to several...

Dominican Republic to foster Colonial City tourism and urban development

December 20, 2016
Dominican Republic to foster Colonial City tourism and urban development WASHINGTON, USA -- The Dominican Republic will revitalize the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, the first European settlement in the Americas, advancing its tourism and urban development and improving the quality of lives of city dwellers with a $90 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan.

Haitian and Dominican Republic customs officers receive training on transnational crime and corruption

December 19, 2016
Haitian and Dominican Republic customs officers receive training on transnational crime and corruption ROME, Italy -- Twenty customs officers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic have strengthened their trade facilitation capacity following a two-week training programme on “Techniques to fight against transnational fiscal crimes and corruption” implemented by the Scuola di Polizia...

Dominican Republic senate approves restriction of abortion rights

December 17, 2016
Dominican Republic senate approves restriction of abortion rights SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On 14 December, the Senate, the upper chamber of the Dominican Republic Congress, approved a new version of the Criminal Code that represents a step back for the rights of Dominican Republic women and girls. The text was previously approved...

Commentary: Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic could each propel the entire Caribbean region

December 17, 2016
Commentary: Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic could each propel the entire Caribbean region I am revisiting and expanding upon an essay written some ten years ago where I made the proposition that Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic represent the first engine of the locomotive of the Caribbean. Cuba was under the American embargo, Haiti was and is still under an economic...

New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme

December 15, 2016
New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A New York City resident pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cell-phone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls. Farintong Calderon...

Expedia reports continued travel demand for the Caribbean

December 10, 2016
Expedia reports continued travel demand for the Caribbean SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand for the Caribbean has continued to increase on Expedia group sites. Top in-demand markets in the Caribbean during the third quarter of this year when compared to 2015 included...

Vacation Express celebrates 2017 non-stop service from Cleveland to the Caribbean

December 9, 2016
Vacation Express celebrates 2017 non-stop service from Cleveland to the Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, Vacation Express and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport hosted a press conference to celebrate new non-stop flights to Punta Cana, Jamaica and Grand Bahama. Six-night flights to Punta Cana will leave every Monday from May 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017.

Some regional central bank banks turn to SWIFT to combat de-risking threat

November 5, 2016
Some regional central bank banks turn to SWIFT to combat de-risking threat WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Eight regional central banks have signed up to adopt the sanctions screening service and Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry provided by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) in an effort to combat the threat posed...

Second individual pleads guilty to participating in Caribbean cellphone fraud

October 27, 2016
Second individual pleads guilty to participating in Caribbean cellphone fraud MIAMI, USA -- A West Palm Beach, Florida, resident pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple criminal charges in connection with a sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cellphone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent...

Embraer to pay $205 million to settle Dominican Republic bribery charges and others

October 25, 2016
Embraer to pay $205 million to settle Dominican Republic bribery charges and others WASHINGTON, USA -- Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has agreed to pay more than $205 million to resolve alleged violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as part of a global settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Department...

Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 283lbs cocaine; two Dominican Republic nationals arrested

October 25, 2016
Puerto Rico authorities intercept vessel with 283lbs cocaine; two Dominican Republic nationals arrested AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 283 pounds (128.8 kilos) of cocaine on Sunday night after intercepting a “yola” type vessel near the northwestern coast and arresting two men onboard. The estimated value...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

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